When I first thought about food blogging, I had no idea I would blog till 100th post. But I have, and this blog is quite old, and I am pretty pleased with me now. And I am now thinking of what to do next.
I am thinking about doing more food product reviews. I have been receiving requests for doing them, and I am interested. So, let me see if I can do them.
|I call this section the patties and cookies section. There are way too many shops selling cookies, cakes and patties here.|
|Momos from this little place opposite Scoop.|
The other day, I went to New Market to buy me a bag for the winters. I wanted a big bag in which I could put everything in, and run, so I was out with my sister R and we wound up walking around New Market. I was randomly snapping pictures, and then after buying my bag, we decided to eat something. I had already had a small huddle of momos by then from this little joint right beside Light House (and they weren’t too nice) and so, I was slightly full. I really don’t remember the name of the place (yes, I know, horrible faux pas for a food blogger).
R was hungry though, and when I suggested Nizams’, she jumped at the chance. We walked down to Nizam’s, a place which has received the cult status of “Obsession Food” with many Bengalis.
Nizam’s has a little history. Apart from being the pioneers of making the first Kolkata Rolls (Story goes, the old chef was asked by a British officer to wrap his paratha and kebab together, so he could eat them without messing his hands up, and he did, and then rolled it all in paper so that the officer did not grease up his hands. Ta-Da! The first Roll, our Bengali equivalent of the sandwich), this is a place which actually used to be the beef kings of Kolkata. They still make beef rolls, but they have shifted it to their Mughal Garden segment, while the brand name Nizam, is strictly Mutton and Chicken Only place now. A pity. I used to come over here after college, to eat the Beef Kheeri kabab, made with fresh buffalo udders, soft, pillowy, yet with the right bit of bounce and smokiness. I still get it in Mughal Gardens, however R being a strict no-Beef girl, we decided to get inside Nizam’s.
We entered, and were seated immediately as the place was mostly empty at around 7 in the evening. It was a weekday, and there had been a political upheaval nearby which rendered both New Market and Nizam quite surprisingly empty. A Khansama came and took our order which we placed quickly. We stuck to the classics. R ordered a Chicken Biryani (90/-) while I wanted a Tandoori Roti (8/-) and a Mutton Kathi Kabab (95/-) along with two Thums Ups.
R’s Chicken Biryani came in quickly succeeded by my Kabab and Roti. Her biryani was light, slightly on the drier side, with a mild fragrance of meetha attar and kewra water. She inhaled it. Literally. Between gulps of her Thums Up, she chewed and oohed and aahed. I took a bite and found the potato in the biryani slightly tougher than I would like, although the rice was quite nicely done. It is a Biryani that is ideal to have with an accomplice, like maybe a chaap. I found the chicken meat to be fresh, moist and totally delectable.
My tandoori roti came in first, and the khansama went back in to get my kabab. The roti was fluffy and freshly baked and crisp. It was perfect with my serving of Mutton Kathi Kabab.
|Mutton Kathi Kabab|
Essentially, the Mutton Kathi Kabab consists of a stick of mutton kabab, stir-fried with some chillies and onions in a bit of oil and served. I find it a very nice conglomeration of Mughlai and Chinese cooking (Kabab roasted and then stir-fried, adding new layers of flavor). Essentially, this was mutton which was cooked with the slightest bit of chew. It did not melt in your mouth. Rather, you had to chew it to make sure it released its juices. I will say that this is something that is a slightly acquired taste. If you are looking for the soft, melt-in-your-mouth meat, this is not for you. However, if you are all about textures and like to work out the juices from your meat, then this is your man. Its hearty, tasty, and perfect with rotis. I came out of the joint with a big grin on my face and a belly full of mutton. R took some from me and declared them to be good.
In the end, our bill, with two Thums Up, was about 230 INR (all inclusive), and we tipped them too. I love you, Kolkata.